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LPL bars hybrid RIAs from making 401(k) rollover recommendations as a broker

June 26, 2017

LPL Financial, the largest independent broker-dealer in the U.S., is no longer allowing hybrid advisers to recommend rollovers to clients in a brokerage capacity, under a new policy adopted in response to the Labor Department's fiduciary rule....

Military benefit allows widows to put $500K into Roth IRA at once

June 26, 2017

Financial advisers working with members of the military often need military-like precision and knowledge of the special circumstances facing service members to help them avoid costly missteps. Last year, Christy Raines, owner of Azimuth Wealth...

'Less pressure' on changes to defined contribution plans under tax reform: Graff

June 26, 2017

The state of political affairs in Washington is making it less likely that there will be major changes to the treatment of defined contribution plans under any upcoming tax-reform legislation, an executive with the largest association for retirement...

Finra awards $440,000 in case against Ameriprise

June 23, 2017

Saying that Ameriprise was liable, a Finra arbitration panel awarded $440,158 in compensatory damages sought by heirs to one of the firm's clients. In an award document, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority Inc.'s Office of Dispute Resolution...

Planning Roth conversions during tax reform uncertainty

June 23, 2017

What will 2017 or even 2018 tax rules look like? Going into summertime it's starting to look like any major tax reform may not be effective until 2018. One thing is for sure, though: Roth conversions will be affected, both the conversions already...

DOL rule poses problems for advisers' daily routines

June 22, 2017

The greatest difficulties in adjusting to the new DOL fiduciary standard for retirement accounts are found in financial advisers' daily routines, says a new report from Aite Group consultants. Aite's survey of 152 financial advisers who actively...

Voya's win in 401(k) fee suit involving Financial Engines bodes well for other record keepers

June 22, 2017

The dismissal of a lawsuit against Voya Financial Inc. for its relationship with 401(k) robo-adviser Financial Engines could be a harbinger of success for other major retirement-plan record keepers locked in similar legal battles. Judge Lorna...

10 surprising facts about Medicare

June 22, 2017

More than 55 million Americans rely on Medicare for their health care coverage. Every day, another 10,000 people turn 65, making them eligible for the government-provided health insurance program. But the rules are complicated, and what you...

Market forces could cause fundamental changes to small and midsize 401(k) markets

June 21, 2017

For years, experts have predicted the small-plan 401(k) market would have to change. Although prices have come down, they are still high when compared with larger plans, and the market is rife with inefficiencies. However, a series of dramatic...

Collective investment trusts getting more attention from 401(k) advisers

June 21, 2017

Mutual funds hold the lion's share of 401(k) assets, but another investment vehicle -— collective investment trusts — are quickly emerging as a contender. Indeed, among the largest 401(k) plans, or those with more than $1 billion in assets,...

Don't mess with Social Security disability rules ​

June 20, 2017

Most of the questions I receive about Social Security claiming strategies pertain to retirement and survivor benefits. But increasingly, readers have been soliciting my advice about Social Security rules regarding disability benefits. It is...

Putnam, Fidelity win respective 401(k) lawsuits

June 20, 2017

Putnam Investments and Fidelity Investments have prevailed in separate legal fights centering on their fiduciary duty to retirement plans, at a time when financial services companies are increasingly being targeted for 401(k) self-dealing. A...

Grad students could fund IRAs with stipends under Senate bill

June 19, 2017

A bi-partisan Senate bill that would allow funds from a graduate student's stipend or fellowship to be deposited into an Individual Retirement Account has been introduced by Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and...

New York Life's MainStay lays off defined-contribution wholesalers amid challenging market

June 16, 2017

MainStay Investments, the mutual fund and exchange traded fund distribution arm of New York Life Insurance Co., has laid off some of its wholesalers calling on retirement plan advisers and consultants, as the defined contribution market grows...

Capital Group, the sponsor of American Funds, sued for self-dealing in its 401(k) plan

June 15, 2017

The recent lawsuit lodged against The Capital Group Companies Inc. for alleged self-dealing in the company's 401(k) plan is one of several similar legal battles being waged with large asset managers, and could prove difficult for plaintiffs...

Retiree health care costs rising faster than Social Security benefits

June 14, 2017

Health care costs in retirement are rising twice as fast as the average annual increase in Social Security benefits, putting a crucial source of retirement income on a collision course with one of the biggest expenses retirees face. Over time,...

DOL fiduciary rule: When advisers actively seek to use BICE

June 14, 2017

To opponents of the Department of Labor's fiduciary rule, the best-interest contract exemption is something akin to the spawn of Satan. This provision of the rule, which raised investment advice standards in retirement accounts, allows broker-dealers...

$470M retirement-focused RIA joins LPL

June 13, 2017

A hybrid registered investment advisory shop overseeing roughly $470 million in qualified retirement plan assets has affiliated with LPL Financial as its broker-dealer. The firm, Black Box Pension Advocates, which is located in Solon, OH, was...

The little-known alternative to multiple employer plans gaining popularity with advisory firms

June 13, 2017

Multiple employer plans have become a hot topic in retirement-plan circles of late. MEPs allow small employers to pool their buying power and achieve the lower costs otherwise reserved for larger-plan counterparts. Some eye them as a way to...

Northrop Grumman settles fiduciary breach lawsuit with DC plan participants

June 12, 2017

Northrop Grumman and participants in two company 401(k) plans have agreed to a $16.75 million settlement over allegations that plan executives violated their fiduciary duties under ERISA. Participants sued two Northrop Grumman plans in September...

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